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What I’m Watching – Auctions America – Ft. Lauderdale – Mar 14-16 – Updated

Auctions America – Fort Lauderdale – March 14-16

1990 Bentley Turbo R Saloon
Their Estimate: 20,000 – 25,000
My Estimate: 20,000 – 25,000
This estimate fits for recent sales for this condition
70,000 miles, two previous owners.
I love Bentleys because they’re almost a Rolls Royces but they’re not.
(The website does’t show the selling price.)

1991 Alfa Romeo 164L Sedan
Their Estimate: 12,000 – 16,000
My Estimate: 7,000 – 10,000 (Based on recent sales)
The last Alfa Sedan in America. It shared a platform with the Saab 9000, but had different engine and suspension.
High bid: $5,500 (Not too far off.)

1958 Packard 58L Sedan
Their Estimate: 24,000 – 28,000
The last Packards were not actually Packards, but Studebakers with some old Packard Clipper trim bits grafted on. I include this car because I fell in love with one when I was a kid. It was a wreck up on blocks but it was a Packard. Even then the name was magic.
High bid: $16,000 (I guess my memories don’t always equal value to others.)

1967 Excalibur SS Roadster
Their estimate: 38,000 – 42,000
My estimate: 35,000 – 40,000 (Just to be ornery)
Another Studebaker bastard off-shoot. Designed by Brooks Stevens. The prototype used a Studebaker 289 engine. Went into production with Corvette 327. Series one was a sport car but each subsequent revision brought bloat. Which interestingly a newer fatter example is up for auction with a much higher estimate.
High bid: $34,000 (So close)

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Tags: , | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: February 23, 2014

What I’m Watching – Gooding Amelia Island Auction (Mar 7) – Updated

Gooding & Company – Amelia Island Auction – March 7

Lot 28
1960 BMW 700 Coupe
No Reserve
Their estimate: 12,000 – 18,000
My estimate: 20,000 – 25,000
Update: Selling Price – $40,700 (While my estimate was closer to the selling price than the auction company’s, it was still so far off I don’t think I can brag too much.)

Race-Specification BMW K100 Engine and Five-Speed Gearbox. Competition Brakes, Roll Cage and Suspension. Accompanied by Original Matching-Numbers Engine.

This is the last in a long line of BMWs being auctioned. A niche car in search of a niche owner. I think there are more potential buyers than the auctioneers expect.

Yes, that’s it. A single car. Apparently I’m not the target market for this auction.
While this car breaks so many of the rules of the world of collector car auction quoth, It would be so much fun to drive and so much fun to show off at any kind of automotive event.

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